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PNS Daily Newscast - May 21, 2018 


Giuliani now says the Mueller probe into Russian collusion will end by September. Also on the rundown: Healthcare providers gear up as Trump's new "Gag Rule" targets Planned Parenthood; and some perspective on the administration’s push for Arctic oil.

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Public News Service - TX: Urban Planning/Transportation

Many scientists believe the heavy floods that accompanied Hurricane Harvey last summer were caused, in part, by climate change. (Platt/GettyImages)

HOUSTON - Municipal officials could be forced to deal with climate change sooner rather than later, or have their bond ratings downgraded. Moody's Investor Services, a bond rating agency, says one element of how it now will determine a city's credit rating in Texas and across the country will be t

A new report finds that urban waterways in Texas such as the San Antonio River could benefit from green infrastructure to control flooding and pollution from stormwater runoff. (Warshaw/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Rain is the lifeblood of Texas, but a new study shows that when there's too much of it, the state's major cities need to do more to prevent stormwater damage. While incidents such as Hurricane Harvey are extreme examples of urban flooding, a report by Environment Texas shows

A stand of live oak trees in Butler Park frames the downtown Austin skyline. Conservationists say urban forests are critical to air and water quality in Texas cities. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - Conservation groups, cities and business interests are fighting bills in the Texas Legislature that would strip municipalities of the ability to regulate the removal of old-growth trees. Dozens of people have testified before state House and Senate committees, with most speakers opp

A new report shows opportunity in the United States is increasingly limited by where a person lives. (Dipankan001/Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - Where you grow up has a lot to do with your opportunities for success in life, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress. Sarah Edelman, the study's co-author, says because rentals are too expensive in high-opportunity areas, places with good jobs and schools, a

Texas mayors are pledging to make their cities a safe and welcoming landing spot for the Monarch butterfly. (Weimar Meneses/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mayors across the state are raising the bar for Texas hospitality by pledging to make cities more welcoming for the embattled Monarch butterfly. Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio are among the first cities in the nation to take the National Wildlife Federation's

Climate change is likely to have far-reaching impacts on livestock and crops throughout the world, according to a new report. Credit: USDA

AUSTIN, Texas - Climate change will have a big impact on food security across the globe, but will hit the poor and people living in tropical regions the hardest according to a new international study presented at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. Claudia Tebaldi, a scientist for the

A new study of bike-share programs in Sun Belt cities shows the majority of rides are replacing other modes of transportation. Credit: Seraphimblade/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - More people are sharing bicycles to meet their daily transportation needs and people living in Sun Belt cities are also using bike-share programs for recreation according to a new report from Rice University. Kelsey Walker, research fellow and report co-author with Rice's Kinder I

Fort Worth community organizations, volunteers and environmentalists are launching a pilot project to help pollinators essential to the nation's food supply. Credit: Cmackenz/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas - A group of volunteers in Fort Worth is hoping a bike ride can help spark a grassroots movement to save the butterflies, bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in the nation's food chain. Jillian Jordan, the Great Seed Bomb event's founder, said bees alone contribute mo

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